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Who takes care of Tom and Huck's money? How much do they recieve a day?
Judge Thatcher takes care of their money. They recieve a dollar a day.
In the beginning, why can't Huck stand living at the Widow Douglass' house that causes him to leave? Why does he come back? What theme does this set up?
It is cramped and there are a lot of rules. He went back because Tom told him that he needed to go back and be respectable if he wanted to join their ban of robbers. This created the theme of hypocrisy of society because Tom is telling Huck to be nice all to join a group planning on robbing and murdering people.
How does Huck confuse the reason why the Widow tucks "her head down" and grumbles a little over the food? What is Twain poking fun at?
Huck believes that she is complaining about the food when she is really praying. Twain is making fun of religion.
What fault does Huck find with the Widow when she tells him not to smoke? What theme does this begin to create?
She is telling him not to smoke but she used tobacco products aswell (snuff). He says that people get down on you before they even try something. This creates the theme of the hypocracy of society.
What is the difference between the Widow and Miss Watson? What do you think they may represent?
The Widow is very kind and Miss Watson is very strict. They represent society and civilization.
Why does Huck not mind going to hell?
He would rather be anywhere other than where he was. Heaven did not seem appealing the way that Miss Watson described it. He would like to be far away from Miss Watson and she said she was going to heaven. Huck wanted to be with Tom Sawyer and she said he was going straight to hell.
Why is Huck upset about the spider?
Huck is very supersticious and he believes it will bring him bad luck.
What was happening to Huck while Jim waited for a sound?
In a moment where he needed to be completely still, he was getting extremely itchy.
What does Tom originally want to do with Jim? What do you think Twain is trying to convey about society?
Tom originally wanted to tie him to the tree but he opted to just put his had on the tree branch. Here, I think Twain is trying to show how insensitive white people were towards the feeling of the slaves. They weren't afraid of hurting their feelings, they were just a toy to play with.
How does Jim react to the joke Tom played on him? How does he use it to his advantage? What does this say about him? What is Twain trying to get people to see differently in a humerous way?
He told a story that witches bewitched him and flew him all around the world. Slaves came from all over to hear his story and he became the most popular, respected, and powerful slave. This shows Jims intelligence and ingenuity in making his bad situation a little bit better.
Summerize the oath of the band of robbers. What is their line of business?
Anybody who were to reveal any secrets of the gang, they would have their throat slit and their family members murdered and have their caracss' burnt up to be scattered around. He would have his name blotted off the list and never mentioned again. Tom said the group would do robbery's murdered, and even hold people for randsom.
Why does Tosay people need to be ransomed? What does this say about him? What is Twain making fun of?
He thinks so because he saw it in the books. This shows that Tom is pretty nieve and just copies the things he sees without really knowing the meaning. Twain is making fun of Romanticism.
What is the problem with what Tom thinks ransoming is? What do they do with women?
His believes are completely wrong. He thinks they just keep people hostage until they die. They want to get the women to fall in love with them so they never want to go home.
What evidence does Huck give for why there "aint nothing in" prayers? What does this show about him?
He prayed for many materialistic things but he got none of them. This shows that he is very logical and that nobody taught him what prayer was. It also shows a bit of materialism and selfishness.
What does the Widow tell him prayers are supposed to be about? Why does he decide not to worry about it anymore?
She says that prayers are about helping other people. He does not want to do it anymore because he sees no advantage in it for himself.
Why does Huck think here are two providences? What does this belief tell us about the Widow and Miss Watson (what do they represent)?
He thinks this because Miss Watson and the Widow gave him very different takes on religion and heaven that they cannot be the same. The Widow talks about heaven saying it would make your mouth water and it is possible. Miss Watson was negative, saying that there was no help for him. Twain juxteposed the two to show religious hypocracy.
Describe what happens at the Sunday School picnic. What does this show about Tom and Huck?
Tom told the gang that there would be a large group of Spanish merchants and rich Arabs with lots of animals, diamonds, and riches were going to be camping nearby. They planned on raiding and robbing them. They went the next day and it was just a group of Sunday School children. They still chased all of the children and stole their doughnuts. This shows that Tom is very imaginitive and decieving and Huck is very gullable and nieve.
Why does Twain use the allusion of Don Quixote in this section? How is Twain poking fun at Romanticism?
What happens to Huck with the salt? What does this show about him? What is Twain making fun of?
Who does hick sell his money to? Why do you think he does this?
He sold his money to Judge Thatcher for a dollar. He does this to keep it safe from Pap. This could possibly be foreshadowing to the arrival of Pap and his motives.
Describe what Jim does with his hairball? Why wouldnt it work the first time? What does Jim do to fix the money? What does this show about Jim?
He told everybody that his hairball could tell fortunes. Jim said it sometimes wouldn't work unless it had money. He put the fake money into a potato to make it look more real. This shows that Jim is very intelligent. This showed that Jim was good at solving problems and was very kind.
What does Jim say the hairball says?
The hairball said sometimes it thinks he may go sometimes it thinks he might stay. You are going to have considerable pain and joy. Anything where there is no way he could be wrong. Nothing specific or conclusive.
Who is at the end of Hucks bed at the end of chapter 4?
What happens as Huck just begins to 'get used' to being civilized?
Pap arrives and makes fun of him and makes him feel bad for living a more civilized life. He makes fun of him having a bed, clean clothes, and going to school.
What does Pap look like?
He was fifty years old and looked his age. He had long, tangled, and greacy hair that hung down in front of his face. His hair was all black just the same as his whiskers. His face was a sickly shade of white. His clothes were just rags and his shoes had holes where his toes poked through.
What is Paps objection to Hucks education? His nice clothes? What is the irony in these statements? What does this tell us about Pap?
Pap said that he and Hucks mother never had any of those things so he couldnt have them. This is ironic because most people would expect a father to want whatever was best for his child not take away important things for petty reasons. This shows that Pap is very selfish.
Why couldnt Judge Thatcher and the Widow get Huck taken away from his father? What might Twain be saying about the court system?
The new judge said the court must not interfere with separate families if they could help it; he said they would rather not take a child away from his father. Twain might be saying that the court was ignorant and did not try their best to work with the best interest of others in mind.
What happens between Pap and the new judge? Has Pap reformed? Again, what is Twain saying about the court system?
Pap had gotton drunk and sent to jail but the judge brought him out to eat. Pap cried about how he thew his life away and the judge was convinced he was a reformed man. The judge brought him home where Pap signed a pledge to be good. Pap got drunk in the middle of the night and tried to climb out of the room in the morning, only to fall and break his arm in two places. Twain is saying that the court is very ignorant.
Why does Huck say he wants to go to school now?
He wants to go out of spite for his father not wanting him to get an education.
How does Pap treat Huck? Why do you think Twain act so nonchalant about it?
He treats Huck like his slave and overall very poorly. He makes Huck do many things for him and locks him up in the house when he leaves. He is also very abusive, especially when he gets drunk. One night Pap chased Huck around with a knife, extremely paranoid, calling him the angel of death. Huck acting like this was no big deal showed that this kind of abuse was typical and normalized to Huck.
Huck said " I didn't want to go back to the Widows any more and be so cramped up and civilized." Why is this ironic considering his situation? Why do you think Twain chose to do this?
This is very ironic because Huck is literally more trapped in Paps house than he ever was in the Widows. Huck considers being locked in a cabin better than living in society. Twain did this to show how bad society really was.
" A body would a thought he was Adam, he was just all mud" Why would he equate Pap with Adam? (Adam and Eve)
To juxtepose the pure (Adam and Eve) with the evil (Pap) to exentuate how bad he really was.
What does Pap rant about? Why would twain use such an unsympathetic character to discuss these topics? How does Twain feel about these topics do you think?
He is ranting about the government and how bad it was. Twain might have used this character because he didnt want the audience to agree with what he was saying. This shows that he did not agree with the topics. Twain juxteposed Pap (drunk, uneducated) with an educated black man. When people had the same ideals as pap, they were assosiated with the gross mean man and that made them mad.
Explain Hucks escape. What does this show about Huck?
Using a saw he found without a hndle, he saws out a hole in the back of the cabin that he can crawl through. Using pigs blood, he makes it seem as though he had been murdered and that his body was dragged into the river.
What methods to the people on the ferry use to try to find Hucks body?
They shoot blank cannons in the water to vibrate it and shake his body up. They lso put murcury fulled loaves of bread into the water because they believed they would collect over the dead body.
What irony does Huck notice while he is eating the bread?
They put the bread into the water to find his dead body and it found him, just alive.
Why does Jim run away? What do Jim's reasons for running away show about Miss Watson?
He was treated very poorly by Miss Watson. He overheard her talking about how she was going to sell him for 800$. This shows that Miss Watson is very greedy, selfish, and does not value the lives of African Americans.
Why does jim say there is no use in knowing good luck signs?
There was very few of them and there was nothing you could do in knowing you had one. If you did get one but it didnt happen for a very long time you may get dicouraged.
What is one of the good luck signs? How does Jim prove it to be true? How does Twain use irony in the last line of the chapter?
Jim said if you have a hairy chest and arms you were going to be rich. Jim had a hairy chest and arms and he was rich because he owned himself, and he was worth 800$. He is rich but doesnt own the money.
How does Jim take care of Huck before it rains? What does this demonstrate about his personality?
Seeing the birds, Jim believed that it was going to rain soon. They hid their canoe and brought all of their things and traps into the cavern. They built a fire and cooked dinner. They spread out blankets to make a fire. This shows that Jim was very intuitive, a planner, and also very caring.
What is in the house floating down the river? Describe the scene.
One day came and the boys could see what was inside of the house, they could see some of the furniture like a bed, two chairs, and clothes on the wall. There were also random things like greasy cards, old whisky bottles, masks made out of black cloth, pictures made with charcoal, two dirty calico dresses, sun bonnet, women's underclothes, a boys straw hat, a broken baby's bottle with mild, old chest, old hair trunk, tin lantern butcher knife without a handle, Barlow knife, tallow candles, a tin candlestick, a gourd, a tin cup, bed quilt, a reticule, hatchet, nails, fish line with hooks, roll of buckskin, dog collar, horse shoe, medicine, curry comb, fiddle bow, and a wooden leg. But most significantly, there was a man who had been shot from behind, naked and dead. He had been in the water 2-3 days and past recognition. Jim put rags over him.
Jim says 'but doan look at his face--it's too gashly'. Why does Jim do this? What does it say about Jim?
He is protecting Huck from seeing a scaring image. This shows that Jim is a fatherly figure to Huck. He is protective and kind.
What trick does Huck play on Jim? How does it go wrong?
He put the rattlesnake in his bed. Another living snake came and bit Jim, hurting him badly.
How does Huck disguise himself? Why?
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